Pieter Paul Rubens

Pastoral Scene

Pastoral Scene
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Author: Pieter Paul Rubens
Painting, Oil on canvas, 114x91 cm
Origin: Flanders, Circa 1636/1638

In The Netherlands during the course of the first half of the 17th century, the depiction of shepherds and shepherdesses in paintings was very popular. The pastoral drama Granida by Pieter Cornelisz Hooft and Aminta by Torquato Tasso played an important role in the dissemination of this theme in the artistic milieu. Pastoral Scene reflects Rubens's interest in the pastoral works of Classical Antiquity, such as Theocritus's poems, where idyllic moods and images predominate. In the last decade of his life, Rubens left his diplomatic career and devoted himself wholly to art. His works from this period frequently included pastoral themes and idyllic landscapes. The Hermitage canvas is a reduced-size replica of the painting Shepherd and Shepherdess in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich.

Style: Baroque
Source of entry: Provenance: between 1763 and 1774
Theme: Literature
Exibition: Flemish Art: 17th century

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